The European Business & Biodiversity Campaign

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Presentation made by Stefan Hoermann and Marion Hammerl, European Business and Biodiversity Campaign, during the Seminar + Workshop "Preserving Natural Capital - Role and action by food retail sector"

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The European Business & Biodiversity Campaign

  1. 1. Business and Biodiversity Workshop PRESERVING NATURAL CAPITAL Food Retail Stefan Hörmann Global Nature Fund Marion Hammerl Lake Constance Foundation European Business and Biodiversity Campaign supported by the EU LIFE+ Programme
  2. 2. <ul><li>Start: January 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Target Group: Large Companies and SMEs in Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Co-funded: LIFE+ Financial Instrument of the European Union </li></ul>The European B & B Campaign
  3. 3. <ul><li>Lead Partner </li></ul><ul><li>Global Nature Fund (GNF) </li></ul><ul><li>Project Partners </li></ul><ul><li>DOKEO Consultancy </li></ul><ul><li>Altop Media and Publishing </li></ul><ul><li>Fundación Global Nature </li></ul><ul><li>Bodensee-Stiftung </li></ul><ul><li>Triple E </li></ul><ul><li>IUCN – Regional Office for Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborating Partner Quercus </li></ul>Partners for Business and Biodiversity
  4. 4. <ul><li>Improving the understanding about biodiversity and ecosystem services </li></ul><ul><li>Informing about tools that help businesses to assess and mitigate the impacts on biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>Include biodiversity into environmental management systems, labels, standards </li></ul><ul><li>Promote biodiversity partnerships between business and NGOs </li></ul><ul><li>Showcasing business commitments and initiatives </li></ul>Objectives
  5. 5. Communikation www.business-biodiversity.eu Biodiversity-Specials in Forum CSR international / Nachhaltig Wirtschaften
  6. 6. Natural Capital – What do the others say? “ Nature’s beauty and richness is the capital of tourism. The TUI AG is therefore committed to biodiversity as part of its core business.” TUI AG “ Our goal is to have a ‘net positive impact’ on biodiversity.” Rio Tinto „ Ensure vulnerable raw materials come from sources that don’t contribute to deforestation.“ Marks and Spencer
  7. 7. Biodiversity = Complex issue
  8. 8. Biodiversity Check according to EMAS methodology <ul><li>Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Identify a company’s impacts on biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>Show the relevance to integrate biodiversity in the corporate social responsibility strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Show the relevance to integrate biodiversity in the company’s (environmental) management system to guarantee continuous improvement </li></ul>
  9. 9. Biodiversity Check Corporate Departments: - Procurement - Production - Logistics - Marketing - Sales - Public Relations - Human Ressource - Management Fields of operation: - Sites and facilities - Supply chain - Production - Transport / Logistics - Promotion - Communication…. Provides a first overview – but is not an impact assessment How it works? - Desk research and questions to the company - Phone Interviews - Round table with heads of departments - Report
  10. 10. Biodiversity Check for Companies Tourism Automotive Airport Operator Outdoor / Sports Food Retail … ..
  11. 11. Global -World Business Council for Sustainable Development (Membership) - Initiative „Biodiversity in Good Company“ (Membership) European - European Business and Biodiversity Campaign (no Membership) - European Business @ Biodiversity Platform (Sign up) National - Nordic Countries - Portugal’s B&B Initiative => Identify the most appropriate Initiative(s) for your company   Business and Biodiversity Initiatives
  12. 12. More information <ul><li>Biodiversity Webportal www.business-biodiversity.eu </li></ul><ul><li>European Seminar </li></ul><ul><li> Biodiversity and Food Processing Industry </li></ul><ul><li> in collaboration with Unilever 11 /12 May 2011 Hamburg, Germany </li></ul>
  13. 13. Biodiversity in the food production and food retail Examples  
  14. 14. <ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>of the </li></ul><ul><li>biological </li></ul><ul><li>footprint </li></ul><ul><li>ALDI Austria </li></ul>http://www.zurueckzumursprung.at/co2-und-klimaschutz/co2-fussabdruck/co2-links/ CO2 Reduction Genetic Diversification Habitat Diversification Species Diversification Reduction of water cons.
  15. 15. ALDI Austria – Biological Footprint More Biodiversity: 26% more nature diversity than with conventional milk
  16. 16. REWE – One of Germany biggest food retailer created “Pro Planet” products PRO PLANET – Apples from Lake Constance – contributing to biodiversity
  17. 17. PRO PLANET – Biodiversity friendly apples from Lake Constance Cooperation between Obst vom Bodensee, REWE and Lake Constance Foundation. Duration 5 years Objectives: - Implement biodiversity measures into intensive fruit production: min. 50 % of the farmers – covering 80 % of the cultivation surface - Main focus: Insects depending on flowers, e.g. bees - Include biodiversity criteria /requirements into environmental and/or quality management of fruit farmers and fruit distributers - Implement environmental management in 10 bigger fruit producers -Establish long term monitoring on impact of biodiversity
  18. 18. PRO PLANET – Biodiversity friendly apples from Lake Constance
  19. 19. PRO PLANET – Biodiversity friendly apples from Lake Constance <ul><li>Examples for measures on the farms: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Native flower seeds for arible land and gras land adapted to different locations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Late flowering bushes and hedges - e.g. Lake Constance Bee Hedge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adecuate cultivation rotation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insect /bee friendly pestizides (positive list) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insect hotels and nesting boxes for other species </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information panels for tourists /hikers </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. PRO PLANET – Biodiversity friendly apples from Lake Constance Fotos
  21. 21. PRO PLANET – Biodiversity friendly apples from Lake Constance Perspectives: Transfer to other fruit production regions, e.g. Neckar region Biodiversity Initiative for other products, e.g. vegetables (measures, integration into environmental/quality management ) Include biodiversity measures into quality management and quality certification Training for quality management assessors and certifiers
  22. 22. Contact Marion Hammerl Marion.hammerl@ bodensee-stiftung.org Global Nature Fund (GNF) Stefan Hörmann hoermann@ globalnature.org This time without you!

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